Practical Solutions & Inspiration for Kitchen Improvement

Best of 2009

We talk a lot about improving your kitchen — we love a dramatic before & after of a kitchen renovation, and we also love finding small and inexpensive tips to make your kitchen more beautiful and functional. Here's a look back at some of our kitchen improvement posts from this past year, including how to tutorials on painting your floors and improving your countertops, along with makeover requests, small and practical solutions for rental kitchens, and inspiring before & afters!

Practical Solutions & Resources
Build a Spice Rack With a Ruler!
Small Rental Kitchen Upgrade: Swap Out the Switch Plates
Oil Cloth Liner In the Silverware Drawer

Small Kitchen Solution: Cover the Stove Top for More Counter Space?
How To Make an Over-the-Door Pot Rack
Ugly Kitchen Floor? Change It with a Floor Cloth
Kitchen Design Tip: Lamp on the Counter
French Nature Posters for the Kitchen
Use a Chip Clip to Hold Recipes
Cookware Stands for Storing Pots and Pans
Space Saver: Folding Kitchen Island
Create Counter Space: Over-the-Sink Cutting Boards

Before & After and Other Inspiration!
Rental Kitchen Makeover: Cambria's Colorful $80 Budget
Kitchen Makeover: White Walls and Pine Cupboards
Before and After: White Rental Kitchen, Transformed

Steve's San Francisco Color Inspiration
Kitchen Makeover: From Beige To Beautiful!
Before & After: Two Changes that Make a Huge Difference
The $30 Kitchen Makeover
A Fresh Kitchen Makeover for Only $400
Ashley Ann's $500 Light and Lovely Remodel
Kitchen Gallery: Pot Rack Inspiration
Color in the Kitchen...On the Cheap
Rental Kitchen Color: Consider Brown
10 Recently Inspiring Rental Kitchens
Your Kitchen Improvements! A Kitchen Cure Roundup
Organization Inspiration: New Pantry Closet

Kitchen Improvement Project How-To
How To Replace a Kitchen Faucet: Our Experience
How To Make a "Built-In" Cabinet Out Of IKEA Varde Units
My Chalkboard Fridge: Turn Your Fridge Into a Food Diary

How To Upgrade a Kitchen with Chalkboard Paint
How To Paint Ugly Laminate Kitchen Countertops
Ugly Countertops: A Few Solutions
Create a Collage of Kitchen Tools: Two Examples
How To Paint a Kitchen
How To Prettify (and Kittify) an Ugly Dishwasher Panel
Look! (and a Brief How-To): Cork Cabinet Siding
How To Build a Spice Rack: Susy's White and Minimal
How To Paint (and Stencil) a Kitchen Floor
How To Create a Colorful Kitchen Floor
How To Refinish Flaky Cabinets From the 60s
How To Paint Plastic Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

Questions and Advice
Can a Julia Child-Style Peg Board Work In My Kitchen?
Can this Awkward Kitchen Space Become a Pantry?
Can This Kitchen Be Renovated on a Budget of $2800?

Kitchen Makeover Requests
Anna's Troublesome (Or Not) Pink Tile
Jill's Dark and Quirky Mad Men Kitchen
Erin and Brendan's Butter-Yellow Kitchen
Ivy Wants More Color
Samantha Needs a Creative Space

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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